National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 16-22. Vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death among Americans aged 15-19, according to Traffic Safety Marketing, part of the National Center For Rural Road Safety. In 2014 fatal crashes claimed the lives of 2,679 teens 15-19 and resulted in 123,000 injuries. (GHSA chart: Teen drivers in fatal crashes per 100,000 licensed drivers)
From 2005-2014, fatal crashes dropped 56 percent among divers aged 15-17 and 44 percent among those 18-20. Blood-alcohol content above the legal limit played a role in 28 percent of deaths for drivers 20 years old, 24 percent among 19-year-olds, 19 percent among 18-year-olds, 18 percent among those at age 17 and 8 percent for those 15 or 16.